Age Concern has hosted a mass afternoon tea experience for Lancashire elderly people to help put smiles on faces.
The Central Lancashire branch teamed up with Waitrose in Walton-le-dale to deliver more than 100 packages of treats last Wednesday, ahead of VE Day celebrations.
The special surprise marked the middle of the seventh week of isolation for vulnerable people and was designed to help boost morale.
Mrs Green, who received one of the afternoon tea sets, applauded the charity and said: “It was delicious. I cried when it was delivered. It is nice to know you are being thought of and
even though I am here alone, being part of this experience made me feel like I was joining in with something outside of these four walls and part of a community again.
“I can’t thank Age Concern enough for what they have done for me.”
The event was part of the charity’s Coronavirus Support Service, a seven-day a week helpline that was launched on March 19 and includes delivering hundreds of free food parcels, providing weekly shopping trips and befriending many who are isolated.
Mrs Green, who accessed the helpline in early April, explained that before reaching out to Age Concern she had struggled to get a hot meal for three weeks.
She said: “It brought me out of the depth of despair, and saved my life.”
Mrs Green was delighted to receive cherries, among other things, in her food parcel the following day, describing it as a real treat.
Katie Watt, assistant team manager at Waitrose in Walton-le-Dale, said: “We are so pleased we were able to partner with Age Concern Central Lancashire to supply food for this
afternoon tea, which we are sure will bring a bit of cheer to elderly people in this difficult time.
“It is such a wonderful initiative to be part of and we are glad we are able to help this amazing charity to support those in need of our help.”
Starting as just an idea, both organisations worked quickly to source the afternoon tea sets, rally volunteers to make sandwiches to deliver to across Lancashire and identify those who are part of Age Concern’s Coronavirus Support Service and needed a boost.
Suzanne Carr, the branch’s CEO, said, “This project has been about more than helping our older generation survive the coronavirus. It is really helping them to live well whilst in lock-down and know that they are appreciated.
“A small gesture has brought so much joy to those receiving it.”
The charity is encouraging individuals, health professionals, neighbours and families to think of an older person they know, check on them and consider how they could they benefit by
signing up to the coronavirus support service, not just for the essentials like shopping and free food parcels, but to help them emotionally during lock-down.
To refer someone, please call the helpline on (01772) 552850 and select option 0 or visit https://www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/covid-19-referral/